If there has ever been a transfer saga tailor-made for two clubs, it is that of Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and their want-away players – Christian Eriksen and Gareth Bale.
The former expressed his desire to leave the club last summer with a preference to move abroad to Spain but a transfer did not materialize and he remained at Tottenham.
The Danish international did express his frustration earlier this season when he said he wished he could “control transfers” in real life like in the game Football Manager.
Eriksen this season has been left out of the starting lineup on several occasions and has even been booed by some Tottenham fans this season.
The latter being Gareth Bale was out of favour last season at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.
Bale was set to leave Real after he was told he could but stayed after his move to China was blocked by the Madrid board.
Bale has once again been on the front pages after he was left out of the match-day squad before Madrid’s 2-2 draw against Club Brugge last week. According to the Daily Mail, he was outraged by this and wanted to leave the club because he feels unwanted by the club and does not have the backing of the Madrid board.
Bale recently admitted to playing with anger this season for Real Madrid during the international break.
Two players dreaming for an exit for different reasons but rarely would you find a situation as finely poised as this.
Recently, Marca claimed that Real Madrid want to make a huge bid for Eriksen this January as they value his ability as a playmaker and believe he could be an excellent addition to the club’s midfield options going into the second half of the season and beyond.
Between both clubs, Tottenham should be the ones pushing for the deal as Christian Eriksen’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is unlikely to renew.
If they offer Eriksen in a part-exchange deal with cash, they could secure the return of Gareth Bale to the club where he made his name and give Cristian Eriksen his dream move without losing him on a free transfer.
For Bale, Tottenham are a club he knows so well and are in a good position to fight for things as they have a talented squad. They also have Champions League football which will be most important for Bale if he decides to move to any club in Europe at all but there could also be a few drawbacks.
Bale’s 650,000 pounds per week salary is a lot of money for Tottenham to pay which means the Welshman will have to take a pay cut which could be unlikely even though with the pay cut he will be Spurs’ highest-paid player.
Eriksen will come into Real Madrid and be the creator-in-chief in the midfield as Modric looks set to leave the club. His 20 league goal involvements were more than Toni Kross’ 4 and Luka Modric’s 9 goal involvements combined via whoscored.
Gareth Bale will fit into Pochetinno’s 4-2-3-1 formation on the right side and provide a serious goal threat cutting inside along with his crossing ability from there as well. His pace along with that of Son or Lucas Moura in the wide areas will pose a lot of problems for the opposition as they can move defenses out of position to create spaces in midfield for the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to exploit.
This deal could be a very good piece of business for both teams in so many ways and ultimately with both Christian Eriksen and Gareth Bale happy with the result as well.